Director

Katherine Powers

Katherine Powers

Director

katherine.powers@sgv.csarts.net

An opera performer, vocal pedagogue, actor, and director, Canadian-American soprano Katherine Powers began her performing career as an actor in Canadian film and television. Ms. Powers received her Associate’s Degree in Theater from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, her B.A. in Music from UCLA, and her M.M. in Vocal Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Ms. Powers made a splash with LA Opera’s 2015 Figaro Unbound series when she stepped in with less than two weeks' notice for the role of Rosina in Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia under the baton of Maestro James Conlon.

Notable roles include Frasquita in Carmen at the Ford Amphitheater with Pacific Opera Project, Stella in a critically-acclaimed production of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with Union Avenue Opera, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta in La Bohème, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (all with Pacific Opera Project), Alice in Falstaff, Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and the title role in The Merry Widow. Ms. Powers is also in demand in the contemporary music scene and continues to collaborate with living composers; she made her Kennedy Center debut last season with the East Coast premiere of the new opera Three Paderewskis

In addition to serving as the founding Director of Vocal Arts at CSArts-SGV, Ms. Powers is the founder of Ovation Voice Studio, and was a seven-year member of the Voice Faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She has also taught voice at Occidental College, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, California State University, Los Angeles, and for the YoungArts Foundation. Ms. Powers maintains a dual career as a performer and teacher, and is committed to empowering young singers to be empathetic artist citizens.

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